About this site


In building this site, I used Jim Breen's Kanjidic compilation as the source of the 6,355 kanji specified in the JIS X 0208-1990 standard. Timothy Eyre's Kanji stroke order font is used to provide the stroke information for each Kanji. Thanks to them and their supporters this site became possible.

The Kanji are sorted into different categories. First there is the set of Kanji taught in Japanese elementary school, grades 1 through 6. Then there are the five levels for the New Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT N5-N1) and the two Kanji levels that are introduced with the widely used 'Minna No Nihongo' training materials.

While other free online Kanji training sites exist, providing Kanji compounds (words) exercises is a unique feature. The words database for it is still small with about 100 words at each level, but it should grow as time allows.

History


When I started to learn Japanese, after mastering Hiragana and Katakana, Kanji soon became the biggest hurdle. European languages are fundamentally different; it is hard to grasp the different meanings of pictograms except through brute-force memorizing. Several attempts at categorization of Kanji have been made, however none really helped me besides sheer repetition.

Today


I am using this site for elementary school language training support, and in free moments to refresh my memory of Kanji's, taking a quiz to see how much I do remember. In making it freely available, I hope to encourage others to continue learning the Japanese language and master it's hardest parts.

For professional consulting, e.g. on the technologies used on this site, please contact me under support[at]frank4dd[dot]com.

Frank, @2011 http://fm4dd.com/

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